[Haskell-cafe] Ticking time bomb

Joachim Breitner nomeata at debian.org
Wed Jan 30 21:59:48 CET 2013


Am Mittwoch, den 30.01.2013, 11:27 -0800 schrieb Edward Z. Yang:
> https://status.heroku.com/incidents/489
> Unsigned Hackage packages are a ticking time bomb.

another reason why Cabal is no package manager¹.

(Ok, I admit that I don’t review every line of diff between the Haskell
packages I uploads. But thanks to http://hdiff.luite.com/ I at least
glance over them most of the time – a hurdle that malicious code would
have to take. And once a package has entered a distribution like Debian
(which it only can with a valid cryptographic signatures), checksums and
signatures are used in many places to (mostly) guarantee that the
package reaches the user unmodified.)


¹ http://ivanmiljenovic.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/repeat-after-me-cabal-is-not-a-package-manager/

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